Get Pelletwise Logo PROMOTING RESPONSIBLE METALDEHYDE APPLICATIONS

As part of the ‘Get Pelletwise’ stewardship campaign, there are four stewardship steps that should be taken to ensure that metaldehyde is used in ways that act to enhance environmental protection.

STEP 1: Integrated Pest Management (IPM)

Metaldehyde slug pellets MUST only be used as part of an Integrated Pest Management (IPM) programme to help minimise slug infestations and reduce the need for treatment.

For more information visit the IPM section of the website or www.ahdb.org.uk/slugcontrol.

STEP 2: THINK field factors

Take a field-by-field approach to assess the risk of metaldehyde reaching watercourses.

Soil

Soil
Is the soil heavy and under-drained?

Slope

Slope
Is the field on a gradient?

Stream

Stream
Is there a ditch or watercourse in close proximity?

STEP 3: Follow stewardship guidelines

There is a NEW guideline for 2017 which is key to protecting birds and small mammals, that tend to feed and breed in hedgerows, and also provides additional protection to water.

Full stewardship guidelines are available here and apply to all treatments.

STEP 4: THINK B.I.R.D

Before making any metaldehyde applications – stop and THINK:

Buffer
10m buffer zone to all field boundaries

I’m legal
Are you suitably qualified and using equipment that’s been tested to the required standard?

Records
Are all your records up to date and robust?

Dose
Are you applying the correct dose according to the label and MSG guidelines restrictions?